Program 901 • Available July 31, 2012
Certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ through July 31, 2015

Better REsults And THerapeutic Efficacy: The BREATHE Initiative for Asthma and COPD

Rafeul Alam, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine
Division of Allergy and Immunology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Allergy and Immunology
National Jewish Health
Denver, Colorado

Thomas K. Aldrich, MD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Pulmonary Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York

Program Description

A 41-year-old woman with a 35-year history of asthma, allergic rhinitis, recurrent sinusitis, and bronchitis visits her new primary care physician for the first time. See how this challenging case unfolds from the initial presentation through key decision points during testing, imaging, lab work, diagnosis, treatment and environmental control. In an unusual twist, our patient visits a pulmonologist 16 years later with related complaints marked by several significant differentiating factors. How has her living circumstances changed? What is her new environment like? How are the presenting signs and symptoms different than those from her primary care visit 16 years earlier? Using illustrative patient video vignettes, two experts in pulmonology and immunology explore the diagnosis and management of asthma and COPD. Practice guidelines and study results are presented to support the evidence-based management recommendations.

(60 minutes)

Method of Participation and Evaluation

To participate in this CME activity, please read the following information and click "Launch Program" at the bottom of this page. Complete the online evaluation at the conclusion of the activity. You may print your certificate immediately after completion of the evaluation. Please note: To view this program you need a computer with an Internet browser and audio and video capabilities.

Credit Information

Up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

This activity is designed for allergists, pulmonologists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals who diagnose, treat, and manage adult patients with asthma and/or COPD..

Learning Objectives:

After taking part in this CME activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Use spirometry, x-rays, questionnaires, and clinical assessment to more accurately diagnose COPD and/or asthma in adult patients
  • Identify barriers to implementing asthma and COPD guidelines in clinical practice, and develop strategies to overcome the barriers
  • Assess evidence for the appropriate use of systemic corticosteroids in patients with asthma and COPD, including the risk of adverse effects
  • Ealuate evidence for use of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta2-agonists in patients with asthma or COPD, including risks, benefits, and guideline-recommended use
  • Ientify and implement strategies to appropriately manage comorbidities and improve adherence to therapy and quality of life in asthma and COPD

Faculty Disclosures:

Rafeul Alam, MD, PhD

Rafeul Alam, MD, PhD, has served as a consultant to Array Biopharma Inc.

Thomas K. Aldrich, MD

Thomas K. Aldrich, MD, has indicated ownership interests in Essential Medical Devices, Inc.

The Foundation for Improving Patient Outcomes staff and the independent peer reviewer report no financial relationship with commercial interests.

CME Credit Designations

The Foundation for Improving Patient Outcomes (FFIPO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

FFIPO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of the activity.

This activity is eligible for up to 1.0 hour of credit in Category 2-A of the American Osteopathic Association.

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